The Governing Body is responsible for the policies and overall development planning for the school. Working alongside the Headteacher and the staff, the Governors encourage and support the work of the school, ensuring that the finances are well managed and that the education and personal welfare of the children are kept under regular review. The full Governing Body meets at least once a term. A lot of the developmental work is managed by the Curriculum, Pupil Welfare and Resources Sub-Committees, which meet regularly throughout the year. All classes and curriculum areas have Link Governors. St Thomas’ (Halliwell) Governors are very committed to the school and closely linked with the local community. The main aim of the Governing Body is to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.
Every Governing Body is expected to have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of its school. Governors acquire this knowledge in a variety of ways:
- Reports from the Headteacher and other senior staff
- Local Authority (LA) and National data
- Local Authority (LA) performance data sent to the Headteacher is shared with the whole Governing Body
- The school’s key performance indicators
- Ofsted Reports
- School Development Plan and ongoing self-evaluation
First hand knowledge is gained by Governors visiting school. Regular planned visits give Governors insight and understanding about school and help to strengthen the Governing Body’s strategic and monitoring role.
There are two kind of governor visits – formal and informal.
Governors make formal visits to the school in connection with their responsibilities as Governors. Formal visits have a clear focus, linked to priorities in the School Development Plan.
Governors on informal visits attend in a more personal capacity (school performances/PSA Events/Sports Day etc). Such visits add to individual Governors’ knowledge and understanding of the school and strengthen relationships and foster trust and respect between Governors, Staff, Parents/Carers and most importantly children.
If you would like to contact any member of the Governing Body, please send correspondence, marked “FAO Chair of Governors”, to the School Office.